Sunday, October 5 – 1947
England soccer selectors were busily engaged yesterday naming the sides for a full international against Wales on October 18 and two representative games.
Co-orperation between the FA and League selectors with a view to developing, almost on club lines, the best national side is evident from the teams announced.
England has made only one change from the side which beat Belgium last month, Taylor of Liverpool, getting his first full cal at right-half, and displacing Ward, who is reserve.
Taylor played twice for the League last season and was a member of the FA party which toured the Continent in the spring, playing in the Reserves match at Geneva.
Hardwick, who has not turned out for Middlesbrough since the Brussel match, because of a thigh injury, is now stated to be fit.
England soccer team to meet Wales at Cardiff is:
Frank Swift (Manchester City), Laurie Scott (Arsenal), George Hardwick (Middlesbrough, captain), Phil Taylor (Liverpool), Neil Franklin (Stoke), Billy Wright (Wolves), Stanley Matthews (Blackpool), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool), Tommy Lawton (Chelsea); Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough), Tom Finney (Preston). Reserve to travel: Tim Ward (Derby).
Football League team to meet Irish League at Belfast on October 22 is:
Gil Merrick (Birmingham), Arthur Woodruff (Burnley), Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough), Phil Taylor (Liverpool), Alan Brown (Burnley, captain), Albert Emptage (Manchester City), Stanley Matthews (Blackpool), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool), Albert Stubbins (Liverpool), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United), Bobby Langton (Blackburn). Reserves to travel: Jesse Pye (Wolves) and Bill Jones (Liverpool).
Football Association team to meet the RAF at Highbury on October 29 is:
George Swindin (Arsenal), Joe Bacuzzi (Fulham), Frank Lock (Charlton), Frank Soo (Luton), Leon Leuty (Derby, captain), Jim Taylor (Fulham), Johnny Hancock (Wolves), Johnny Jordan (Tottenham), Reg Lewis (Arsenal), Harold Bodle (Birmingham), Peter Kippax (Burnley).
The Welsh FA Council are meeting at Shrewsbury to-day to pick their XI against England, but it is unlikely to be announced until tomorrow.
(Sunderland Daily Echo, 06-10-1947)